Selena Gomez is speaking out on some hard topics today by first defending her friend Taylor Swift against Scooter Braun and then addressing the high school shooting in Santa Clarita, CA on Thursday that left two children dead. The 27-year-old used her powerful voice to shine light on the tragedy that hit Saugus High School when a 16-year-old student opened fire on his classmates. Sharing some heartbreaking words, Gomez vowed to do "whatever she can" to help with the senseless devastation that rocked the tight-knit community.
Selena Addresses Shooting:
The "Lose You To Love Me" singer took to social media and expressed her sympathy to those who were affected. Sharing a news article about the shooting, which lasted 16-seconds and left 5 students shot, Selena Gomez shared her words of wisdom. "I know people speak on this a lot but it's because of how often it happens," she wrote, before begging, "Please don't get numb to it. I'm not sure if I can do anything but I will never stop trying." She followed that message up with another emotional post and a prayer. "Now please pay attention to what's going on around YOU. Lord I pray for protection over those affected by this heartbreaking, painful, unfair choice of someone who was seriously troubled." Selena Gomez added, "I pray for peace that surpasses all understanding. If there's anything I can do to help I will." The singer then shared a bible verse and wrote, "Thank you for another day father. Amen. You were always there."
The Latest on The Tragedy:
Lives were changed in the community just outside of Los Angeles when a male student opened fire on his 16th birthday on Thursday. Pulling a gun from his backpack, he opened fire on his classmates before turning the gun on himself. The shooting left two dead and wounded three others. Of those wounded, doctors have already released a 14-year-old boy and said the other two female victims could be home soon. As for the shooter, identified by authorities as a 16-year-old Saugus High student, he is still in the hospital and in grave condition at the time of this post.
Defends Taylor Swift:
Following Taylor Swift pleading with fans for help against Scooter Braun and Big Machine label head Scott Borchetta over her music, Selena immediately took her friend's side and lashed out over the executives. As The Blast reported, Braun dropped millions to obtain the rights to Swift's music catalog from her early career and is preventing her from performing it, which is what she's hoping to do when she accepts her Artist of the Decade award at the upcoming American Music Awards.
Gomez describes the situation as “greed, manipulation and power," and states it makes her "sick and extremely angry" for Swift. "There is no heart of thought of anyone else. No respect for the words my friend has written since she was a 14 year old in her bedroom. You’ve robbed and crushed one of our best song writers of our time an opportunity to celebrate all of her music with fans and the world," Selena Gomez stated. She went on to defend Swift's reputation by saying, “I’ve known Taylor for 13 years,” she wrote. “She is the most dedicated, fearless, [feisty], strongest woman I've ever know. People can say b--- but what I'm saying to you is that's called a woman with true identity and strength who takes no s---." The singer continued that the “MOST important thing to Taylor is her family, love, her fans and her MUSIC,” adding that she hopes there is “a change of heart over this unfortunate situation." She ended by writing, "Seeing my best friend (or any of my friends) be constantly pulled down is the worst feeling. Taylor fights. She will never stop fighting. People grow from choices. Some will stay exactly the same. I just want a change of heart. I love you."
After #IStandWithTaylor was trending, Big Machine released their own statement saying Swift was spreading “false information.” Besides Selena Gomez, other stars standing beside Taylor Swift include Gigi Hadid, Halsey, Lily Allen and Rebecca Black. When the news first broke about Braun buying her music, both Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato defended their manager against the singer.